Rep. Joaquin Castro

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, speaks about a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s emergency border security declaration on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 in Washington. House Democrats have introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued last week to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border, setting up a fight that could result in Trump’s first-ever veto. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


The Hill just republished a story about migrant children quietly being adopted by U.S. citizens after their biological parents are deported. The article features a young El Salvadoran woman named Araceli Ramos. She ran away from her abusive husband, taking their daughter Alexa with her, to seek asylum in the U.S. Usually, a woman fleeing from abuse would be granted asylum, however, due to outstanding criminal charges against her, she was refused. The story can be viewed here.

Araceli was sent to a detention facility and her daughter was placed in foster care with a U.S. couple in Michigan. After several months in detention, Araceli, unable to find an attorney, was deported. She claims that an immigration agent forced her to sign a waiver to leave her daughter behind.

Araceli tried to get her daughter back, but the foster family had grown fond of her and allegedly ignored repeated requests from DHS to return her. According to The Hill:

When officially ordered to return Alexa to her mother in December of 2016, the foster parents, Sherri and Kory Barr, sued claiming that she would be abused if returned home. A Michigan judge granted them guardianship.

After pressure from social media and the Salvadoran government for the family to be reunited mounted, the Department of Justice (DOJ) weighed in, saying that “the Barrs obtained their temporary guardianship order in violation of federal law.”

The Barrs’ attorney and the Michigan judge were also found to have violated federal law by not notifying Alexa or her mother about the guardianship proceedings.

Alexa was finally returned to her mother in February 2017. Once returned home, Alexa took time to adjust to living in El Salvador, initially pining to return to Michigan and refusing to eat or play.

In a statement to The Hill, a DHS spokeswoman said that all of the cases the AP reviewed came under the Obama administration, emphasizing that all of the adoptions were done legally.

It looks like human rights warrior and 2020 presidential candidate Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) missed that line in the story. He’s been very busy these days campaigning to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) running mate and immediately took to twitter to blame Trump.

The Trump Administration intentionally separated kids from their parents and then put the kids up for adoption — permanently separating them. This is a human rights violation committed by the United States government.

And it looks like journalist failed to read carefully as well. She went so far as to say that “forcibly transferring children of the group to another group” is among the acts the United Nations considers to be genocide.”


One of her followers responded: “TRUMP/GOP guilty of GENOCIDE”

After several responses, one of her followers actually read the story and pointed out the line they’d all missed:

In a statement to The Hill, a DHS spokeswoman said that all of the cases the AP reviewed came under the Obama administration, emphasizing that all of the adoptions were done legally.

Will Joaquin apologize? Probably not. He’ll just let people go right on thinking that Trump is a violator of human rights because it serves his agenda. Remember when he posted a list of the largest GOP donors in Texas a while back. Rather than apologize, he doubled down. That’s just how he rolls.